Who We Are

We're Different

The Festival Voice is a team of dedicated festival goers and music lovers working together to completely change the way people experience festivals, but we need your help. This team of devoted writers has started a completely different type of media outlet that is focused on being the voice of the people at large festivals, rather than the artists or the overall franchise of the festival. While our team will still be giving honest festival reviews and doing artist interviews, we will also be interviewing attendees at every festival we cover. We believe that your voice matters, and we want to make your voice heard!

We're Different

The Festival Voice is a team of dedicated festival goers and music lovers working together to completely change the way people experience festivals, but we need your help. This team of devoted writers has started a completely different type of media outlet that is focused on being the voice of the people at large festivals, rather than the artists or the overall franchise of the festival. While our team still be giving honest festival reviews and doing artist interviews, we will also be interviewing attendees at every festival we cover. The Festival Voice also features an entire blog page that lets readers just like you post articles directly to our website. We believe that your voice matters, and we want to make your voice heard!

Do You Remember...

Do you remember the first time you walked into a festival? Waiting in the lines for security and finally getting your first taste of the people? Can you remember your heart racing as you walked towards the loud music and the brightly lit stage? Can you remember thinking, “I get it now” when you were talking to your friend that dragged you along to that event? Do you now thank them for talking you into going? Do you want to help someone else experience that same feeling?

More Than a Blog...

The Festival Voice provides targeted consumer insights and feedback in real-time to festival promoters, production companies, and vendors all over the world. Our goal is to raise the overall fan experience at large events by getting with attendees and conducting short surveys about what they want form their favorite festivals. Once the festival is over we conduct social media polls and email surveys. We compile all this feedback so that the festival can then use it to improve their event the following year. The Festival Citizens page/app is a new type of social media platform that we are working on that is specifically designed for festival goers like YOU! It will feature a forum for you to organize meet-ups, ride-shares, buy/sell/trade festival gear, and so much more! It will also feature an entire blog page that lets readers just like you post articles directly to our website and create a following. It'll feature curated playlists based on your upcoming festivals and a whole lot more! The Festival Voice focuses on the true headliner, YOU, and now you truly do have a say in how festivals can change for the better.

Meet the Team

Behind every successful business is a team of skilled and dedicated people just like you. Here you can learn about everyone on the team and their role in The Festival Voice. Why? Because people want to know who they're doing business with. It's a human thing.

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Sam O'Shay

Founder / President / CEO

Sam is a passionate visionary who is determined to make a positive change in the world. Born in California and traveling his whole life, he has a unique perspective on the world. Utilizing his years in Project Management and the knowledge from his various travels, he started up TFV to change the way the way people from all over the world experience their favorite festivals.

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Savannah Rae

Senior Editor

Savannah fell in love this scene by accident. One of her friends convinced her to go to this crazy dubstep show (she barely knew what dubstep was, let alone Excision) and she fell in love with the music and scene. That following summer, she went to three festivals despite not knowing who any of the artists were. Savannah was born and raised in the Midwest and travels constantly for shows and festivals. Her love for creative writing and this scene fuels her writing. You can usually catch her at the dubstep stage at any major festival.

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Benjamin Vu

Head of Marketing

Community and culture are the core essence of Ben’s hometown New Orleans. He got his Marketing/Management degree with a minor in finance from the University of Louisana of Monroe because he strives to understand the diversity of different cultures, and how the diversity relates to targeted consumer insights. He believes that we are more similar than we are different, and strongly believes that music is what unites us all, no matter what your cultural background is. He looks forward to proving his philosophy with his role at TFV.

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Vinhcent Nguyen

Head of Videography

Vinhcent is the editor and videographer. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Vinhcent has worked in all sorts of field work, weddings, commercials, short films, and events. His passion leans more towards electronic music festivals. This includes capturing moments you'll only see once in a lifetime, the moments that you'll remember forever looking back on your past. Moments like these need to be recorded to remind ourselves to live in the moment and show off the best in us.

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Stewart Sankey

CTO / Website Admin

Stewart was born in Arizona but grew up in the Midwest. While he has always been a fan of music and the nightclub scene, he only got involved with EDM through a random encounter with a stranger who later became one of his best friends. He went to his first festival in 2015 and has been to EDC every year since 2016 (except for when it got cancelled in 2020). For The Festival Voice, he mainly operates behind the scenes, keeping the site running.

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CJ Gates

Social Media Manager

CJ went to her first music festival in 2016, but fell in love with the scene at VooDoo 2018. She is a student, a traveler, and the social content manager for TFV. CJ has been to festivals throught the U.S. and Europe, her favorite (so far) being Electric Forest. Her favorite part about her work is creating frienships with people who choose to connect lovingly under music.

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Chris Brown

Journalist

Chris Brown is an English professor from Orlando who writes at the intersection of his own cultures and the festival cultures we create together. Being Potawatomi, a tribe native to the Chicago lakefront region, means seeing festivals as one of the few places where music and dance still lead people to peace. Being a queer person means seeing festivals as the start of a new and better world, one where we all have the space to be ourselves.

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Trapp Tischner

Journalist

Trapp is a queer writer from Atlanta, Georgia who strongly identifies with their Aquarius sun and is always writing a poem in their head. Trapp has been a festival-goer since their first 'Roo in 2015 and believes in festivals not only as a great experience for live music but for their encouragement and acceptance of any and all self-expressions.

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Evan Vitkovski

Journalist

Evan has been attending music festivals since 2004. For the past seven years Evan has lived in Taiwan and has been to festivals across America and Asia, ranging in variety from the techno-focused Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, to the livetronica and reggae festivals in the jungles of the Philippines. Evan has worked press at a handful of festivals and events, writing reviews, volunteering, and promoting, all the while making connections with artists, organizers, and fellow fans so that each festival experience is special and unique.

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Gabe Olson

Journalist

Gabe has been a part of the EDM community for the last 5 years and has loved every moment of it and is now channeling his personal experiences and love for the scene into his writing. Gabe is currently in his home city of Seattle but has also spent time in Las Vegas and Montana. You will find him at festivals across the country, hanging out at the Melodic Dubstep or Drum n Bass stage. His favorite artists are Illenium, BTSM, Sub Focus, and Dimension.

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Eliana Milgrom

Journalist

Eliana (aka “Ellie”) is a quirky, nurturing, and kind-hearted festival mom who strongly identifies with her triple earth signs. She has been a festivalgoer since her cousin snuck her into her first rave, Countdown 2014, and has never looked back. ​​She believes that festivals have given not just herself, but other attendees a safe space for self-discovery and expression, from which she has personally gained a growing community of new friends, full of love and acceptance.

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Hazel Lee

Journalist

Hazel is a fun-loving New Jerseyan who loves to create and explore new places. She’s been going to concerts since 2010 and festivals since 2014. She feels that collectively experiencing music and festivals is a unifying experience as we’re all here to have fun, no matter what we may be going through in our lives. She’s excited to share both her and others’ experiences this concert/festival season!

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Anthony Chuang

Videographer

Anthony is a photographer who loves running around capturing moments at concerts and festivals. He’s taken stunning pictures of your favorite artists like Illenium, Krewella, Excision, Zedd, Said the Sky, and Martin Garrix. He’s also worked with Electric Family by taking photos of their merch. Anthony appreciates good sound quality and production at concerts and festivals.

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Esmeralda Flores

Videographer

Esmeralda is a young, creative and passionate photographer and videographer focused on creating long lasting memories and capturing every memorable moment on film. As she travels to different festivals, she hopes to share her experience interviewing festival goers, bringing you along on a special and unique perspective. Please join her on her adventures and letting you see the festival community and culture through her lens.